yOya, Young Hunting, Ash Reiter

Augmenting acoustic pop music with a beat machine isn't revolutionary these days with the likes of artists such as Ellie Goulding propelling the "folk-tronica" genre. However, L.A. band yOya still writes playful songs of chipper guitar riffs boosted by complex rhythms that tug their whimsical lyrics in memorably pleasant directions. Falsetto harmonies from Alex Pfender and Noah Dietterich, who have been friends since their days in Corvallis, Oreg., before studying music together at USC, highlight the solid balance between their folk-rock roots from the past and urban influences from the metropolis they live in now. Their latest album "Nothing to Die" is a collection of intricately textured songs that sometimes recall past material from the Dodos yet also maintain accessible melody for even the biggest Coldplay fan. - Seraphina for Buzzbands LA

Young Hunting

"The band: Young Hunting, an Echo Park quintet that's already earning blog love from the likes of I Guess I'm Floating and Yvynyl.

The sound: The group's Bandcamp page describes them, perhaps ironically, as chillwave; they're chill, yes, but the group bears little resemblance to the hazy beat-oriented '80s revivalism of acts such as Neon Indian or Washed Out. With their woozy harmonies and reverb-soaked guitars, Young Hunting is more in line with the drug-tinged balladry of New Jersey's Real Estate, Seattle's Fleet Foxes or America's, ahem, America.

The details: The group's self-released "Into Yr Mind/Sonata" 7" is out now via K Records distribution -- find it around town at Vacation Vinyl and Origami Vinyl. They'll celebrate its release with an Echo Curio performance Wednesday night.

The rest: Click over to Brand X to hear more from the band and download an MP3 of "Into Yr Mind."" - LA Music Blog

"The first thing you'll notice about San Francisco singster/songster Ash Reiter is her voice—a breathy, smoky little thing that hints at Chan Marshall and Jolie Holland, and sounds well suited for the coffeehouse circuit. That was before she formed a full band to back her up. Nowadays Reiter's music moves a little more, the quintet (also called Ash Reiter) providing loads of hooks and layered guitars that wonderfully contrast that wispy voice. It's all on display on the group's latest, Paper Diamonds, a record that's folky enough to maintain some of its intimacy, and poppy enough to keep from fading into the background. I like where this young woman is headed." --Portland Mercury

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yOya, Young Hunting, Ash Reiter

Tuesday, May 7 · Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM at The Satellite